“Four thousand a year here? I always say to people, if it was 25,000 a year, that would be 40 people per parliamentary constituency.”
David Miliband, 03 February 2016
Has Britain promised to take enough refugees from Syria’s civil war?
The current proposal is to take 20,000 of the most vulnerable displaced Syrians by 2020 – that’s 4,000 people a year.
Former foreign secretary David Miliband is calling for Britain to at least match Canada’s pledge to house 25,000.
Mr Miliband, now president of the International Rescue Committee, told Channel 4 News that if you spread 25,000 out evenly across the UK, it would amount to just a few dozen people in every parliamentary constituency.
But as many people have commented, Britain’s asylum seeker population is not distributed evenly. (more…)